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Young Mistakes

For once, I'm going to step away from a topic that's exclusively related to writing and I'm going to discuss something that could offer a bit of insight into who I am and how I've grown to be the person I am today. After reading this article, perhaps each of you will realize that you're more like me than you previously thought, or, others of you may see a perspective that you've never witnessed before reading this. I want to talk about this topic because it shines a strong light on who we are as a society and it also details a few areas in which we, as a society, can better ourselves.

On Friday, April 27th, 2018, a young man named Josh Allen was drafted in the first round of the National Football League draft. As a novice professional football player, nothing could be better than this opportunity. He spent years of dedication and hard work to improve his skills and become an adept student of the game. Then a team that specializes in the highest level of football in the world is excited about the opportunity to bring this promising young talent onto their roster. It’s a moment of true bliss. It wasn’t always easy for the new Quarterback of the Buffalo Bills, though. Days earlier, as the anticipation of the upcoming draft was reaching its climax and every young football player was wondering where their supreme athletic talents would take them, a disturbing revelation peeked its head from Josh Allen’s past. It was discovered that posts were made by Josh Allen on the social media giant we all know as Twitter that contained racially insensitive messages and comments. Quite clearly, this could prove to be a major problem for Josh Allen due to the fact that nearly 70% of the people he’ll be working with in a few months are African American.

Now, before we make too many assumptions about the entire situation and cast judgments on Josh Allen's character, it's important to provide one last piece of context: The controversial tweets were sent out by Josh Allen approximately five years ago, meaning that he was only about 14 or 15 years old when he sent it. I don't know about you, but when I was that age, my mind still had some growing to do, to say the least. In those days, all I wanted to do was play video games or hang out with my friends from school. I didn't have the responsibility of a job and I didn't take the responsibilities of my schoolwork or my home chores very seriously.

I'm sure that some of my readers were much more mature than I was in my adolescence, and there may even be some people who are still as immature as I was then. Regardless of how mature or immature we are, we all make mistakes when we're young, and that's why I don't fully agree with the massive uproar surrounding Josh Allen's tweets from his past. When we're young, there are a whole slew of factors that influence us to make bad decisions. It could be that we're trying to impress our friends, or we feel like we're trying to prove something to someone who doubted us, or we could just be trying to rebel against an authority figure. Regardless of what the reason was, we can all admit that there have been decisions that we've all made that we're not necessarily proud of.

With all that in mind, I want to ask a rhetorical question. Do we live in a society where Josh Allen's actions are unforgivable? Personally, I'd like for American society to evolve to a point where everyone can forgive and move past wrongdoings of the past, but when people are digging through five years worth of a kid's social media posts just to make him look bad, it seems like American society has a long way to come. Now, I'm not trying to justify what he did and say that those statements weren't wrong. All I'm trying to say is that we should be a society that acknowledges the fact that each of us is imperfect and accept the fact that it's okay to be imperfect, as long as we learn from our imperfections.

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